Barry Plotkin

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I would be very interested to see a "Guest Column" by Betsy Johnson in response to this indictment of the behavior of state officials. Betsy is knowledgable and articulate about what goes on in Salem, and we count on her to take the moral high ground when ordinary citizens want to protect…

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This is an outstanding example of local journalism. The reporting is clear, comprehensive, and concise, thoroughly laying out the issues and naming the key players. Kudos to the writer!


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i'm a regular user of the library. I have no desire to throw cold water on the renovation, and I was very much in favor of the original proposal for a mixed-use facility tying various spaces together in a synergistic way. Now, however, I think a far smaller amount of money could be put to…

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The article legitimately raises the question of cost, but as Councillor Herman points out, quite correctly, a great deal of money is already being spent - some unnecessarily, some unproductively, some counter-productively - meaning that one of the "coordinator's" first tasks will be to pu…

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I want to add to my previous comment the following; (1) To reiterate, this is a County-wide problem and demands a County-wide solution. (2) County zoning rules and municipal zoning rules must be "harmonized" and made consistent with respect to all the various aspects of homelessness; (3) …

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Creating this position would be a "game-changer" in our dealing effectively with the various aspects and consequences of homelessness across the County. Currently, and for the past few years, there has been no effective coordination among the various groups and individuals - volunteers, c…

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This is a well-written op-ed, with the following exception to be noted: while the argument is logical and well-organized, and the language articulate and well-formed, the conclusion is strongly at odds with the tone. The author has very clearly drawn a sharp, almost bitter, distinction be…

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bplotkin commented on Obituary: Jasmine Simonson

I was greatly saddened by the news of Jasmine's death. I met her one time, only briefly, while we were waiting for treatment at CMH/Knight Cancer Center. Yet, it was obvious during our short conversation that she was someone quite special, exuding a unique aura of strength, hope, warmth, …

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This article, otherwise well-written, would have been improved by the following two citations: (1) https://cse.ucpress.edu/content/early/2019/01/18/cse.2018.001800 ; and (2) https://caselaw.findlaw.com/or-court-of-appeals/1687352.html .


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Historically, the Port of Astoria has been an extremely unreliable partner. Simply ask Englund Marine, Bornstein Seafoods, or Param Hotel Group whether the Port can be trusted. Previous City Councils have learned to be wary of anything the Port says it will do. Back in 2010, the Port comp…